David learned the value of public service from his mother, who is a retired public school teacher, and his father, a veteran and attorney long active in community service. A Reno resident since 1997, David’s service to our city began as a commissioner on, and later chairman of, the Reno Recreation & Parks Commission. He later represented Reno in the Nevada Assembly.
The newest member of the Reno City Council, David was appointed in 2014 to fill the At-Large seat vacancy following Mayor Hillary Schieve’s election. With a career in information technology, small business, higher education and non-profits, and with extensive community volunteer service experience, David is proud to serve his neighbors on the City Council during this critical moment in Reno’s history.
Councilman Bobzien serves on:
- Capital Projects Surcharge Advisory Subcommittee
- Community Assistance Center Transitional Governing Board
- Downtown Maintenance District Advisory Committee
- Historical Resources Commission
- Nevada League of Cities – Board of Directors
- Oversight Panel for School Facilities
- Regional Planning Governing Board
- Regional Transportation Commission – alternate
- Sierra Arts Foundation
- Smarter Region Economic Development Vision Subcommittee
- Truckee Meadows Water Authority – alternate
- Truckee River Flood Management Authority
David was recently appointed to serve on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee.
Early Lessons in Citizenship
An Eagle Scout, David’s first volunteerism was teaching at-risk youth bicycle mechanics and supporting food drives with his high school rock band.
Volunteerism and service remain core values to David to this day. Kicking off his Council campaign this spring, he worked with volunteers to clean up a stretch of the Truckee River downtown.
Moving from the east coast to Idaho after graduating from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree, David earned his Master of Public Administration, with an emphasis in public lands and natural resources policy, from Boise State University.
David moved to Reno in 1997 and worked at the University of Nevada, Reno as a program assistant and management analyst in the Planning, Budget and Analysis office. David was appointed Campus Webmaster in 2000, where he worked with emerging Internet and education technologies until 2007.
Always working to move Reno forward
While a member of the Reno Recreation & Parks Commission, David served on and/or chaired subcommittees for Virginia Lake improvements, revision of the City’s park ordinances, and rewriting of the commission’s bylaws. He also chaired the Wildlife Planning Subcommittee and was the commission’s representative to the city’s Open Space and Greenway Plan Working Group.
“We’ve come so far with recreational amenities in Reno since I began my service with the Commission. We’re building our community as a place to raise families- something that also benefits our economy by attracting companies. But we’ve got more to do to take care of our ‘natural infrastructure’ – we owe it to our kids.”.
In 2005, David was appointed by former Republican Governor Guinn to serve on the Nevada Commission on Aging where he worked hard to ensure Nevada’s ready to meet the challenges of an aging population, the fastest growing in the nation.
David was elected to represent Assembly District 24 (Reno) in 2006 and served four terms in the Nevada Legislature. He has served on the Ways & Means, Government Affairs (Vice Chairman, 2009 session), Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining, and Transportation committees. During the 2011 session, David was the Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee, and in the 2013 session, he chaired the Assembly Commerce & Labor committee and served as Majority Whip.
While serving in the Assembly, David partnered with the City of Reno on many legislative issues, including:
- AB297 (2007 session), Reno special license plate benefiting recreation and parks
- AB247 (2009 session), bicycling safety
- AB353 (2009 session), strengthening penalties for illegal dumping
- AB360 (2011 session), to assist Reno in combating blight
- AB376 (2011 session), establishing the $2 room surcharge for Reno public facilities
- AB89 (2013), establishing benefit corporations as an economic development opportunity
David has volunteered as a board member of the Access to Healthcare Network and as a Think Tank member for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Northern Nevada. He also volunteers on the Advisory Board of the Nevada Land Trust, and served on the Truckee Meadows Tomorrow Quality of Life Task Force.
David’s quality public service has been recognized through a variety of awards:
- 2015 “LEEDership Award”, US Green Building Council, Nevada Chapter
- 2013 Children’s Champion, Children’s Advocacy Alliance
- 2012 Human Services Network, Politician of the Year
- 2010 and 2008 Best Local Candidate, Reno News & Review
- 2009 Assemblyman of the Year, Nevada Conservation League
- Highest-rated freshman legislator of the 2007 session (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- 2007 Freshman of the Year, Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada
- Winner, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project’s Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award
- Distinguished Deed and 100% lifetime rating, Nevada Conservation League
- Winner, Nevada EcoNet’s Golden Pinecone Award for environmental excellence as a public servant
Following a ten-year career at the University of Nevada, Reno in planning and budget administration and information technology, David entered the private interactive marketing sector. After starting and owning a small web marketing business, David later worked for a non-profit conservation organization. David has owned small businesses licensed in Reno.
He lives in northwest Reno with sons Luca Carson and Finnegan Walker. He and his wife Julie just welcomed to the world a baby daughter: Carly Rose.
David enjoys just about anything involving time spent outdoors, including running, snowboarding, backpacking, photography, hunting and fly fishing. David has coached Reno American Little League T-Ball and Great Basin Youth Soccer.